GIVEAWAY BackJoy Back Orthotic: Get Fit While You SitPosted on May 10th 2011 3:00PM by Neha Prakash
Courtesy of BackJoy
Unfortunately, bad posture runs rampant in today's world of sitting in cubicle desk chairs and hunching over keyboards. Slowly, but surely, daily practices of bad posture are harming any chances we all have to build up our cores. The work we do in the gym is being negated by our slouching around at work. Unless you've had a decades worth of ballet training reminding you to sit up straight, developing strong posture and back muscles can fall at the wayside.
BackJoy Back Orthotic may have the solution to posture problems everywhere. Since May is Correct Posture Month That's Fit spoke to BackJoy President Bing Howenstein to learn how good posture can make a world of difference in a healthy lifestyle and weight loss.
TF: How is good posture vital for a healthy lifestyle?
BH: Posture is everything. The problem comes with sitting -- we are simply not designed to sit. We spend approximately 8.9 hours a day sitting, and it's only getting worse as we hunch over keyboards, blackberries and iPhones. It starts from a young age -- the minute you get into school you sit all day. Your posture becomes debilitated and you can no longer use the muscles originally designed to keep your back erect. From that point, it just all falls apart.
TF: How does BackJoy correct and improve posture?
BH: BackJoy mimics what your body is doing when you are standing when you are sitting. It stabilizes the pelvis in an active way. It lets you move your entire body -- letting your body move the way it should. By engaging the pelvis and the core you are toning your body instead of ignoring the muscles.
TF: How is BackJoy different from other posture improving products?
BH: This is what we call dynamic sitting. It's bio-mechanical so it uses your body as part of the device. It establishes the perfect postural position, allowing your pelvis to move freely. You can even slouch a little while sitting on it, but it will keep all the muscles in line. Back cushions just soften the effects of sitting and a lumbar instrument just pushes you from behind.
TF: What can we do to correct bad posture on a daily basis, even without a BackJoy.
BH: Get your back erect. Stop hunching! Try not to sit as much...get up and walk around, stretch and breathe. Try some yoga and pilates to elongate the proper muscles. Fight back against the turmoil of the modern world and straighten yourself up!
This week, one lucky That's Fit reader will win the BackJoy Back Orthotic totally free. All you have to do is enter our giveaway below for your chance to win.
To enter, leave a comment telling us how you fight bad posture. Is it through a special exercise or daily remedy or something else?
* The comment must be left before 5 p.m. ET, Friday, May 13, 2011.
* You may enter only once.
* One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
* One winner will receive one BackJoy Back Orthotic (valued at approx $40).
* Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada
(excluding Quebec) who are 18 or older.
* Click here for complete Official Rules. Winner will be notified by email, so be sure to check
next week to find out if you've won!